“Madi, hey! Hey, slow down, would you?” Bellamy called after the girl, trying to keep up with her was harder than he thought but he’d promised Clarke he’d watch over her whilst she was out collecting fresh berries and water with Raven. Clarke had told him the night before it would be a chance for her to catch up with the brunette, she’d missed her over the six years. She also told him it was a chance for him to get to know Madi, Bellamy knew it was important to Clarke that he got to know the child, so he offered to watch the eleven year old. But right now he was almost regretting it, Madi was quick, she was a good climber and she’d grown adapted to living on the ground, no doubt Clarke was a big help towards that seem as Madi was just a five year old when Clarke found her.
Madi sighed but she came to a stop, waiting patiently for Bellamy to catch up, her light brown braids flipping over her shoulder as she looked towards him.
“You know, Clarke told me all about you, she never said your name but I know she was talking about you, the curly hair and freckles. That’s how she described the knight.” Madi said, as Bellamy came by her side, the child was tall already, almost the same height as Clarke. “The knight that was always saving the queen.”
Bellamy was touched Clarke told stories of him to Madi, letting her know who he was even though she didn’t know if she’d see him again. “Oh, really? And who was the queen?”
Bellamy knew the answer already, but he wanted to see if Madi had figured it out, or if Clarke had told her stories the way he thought she had. Madi smirked up at him as they walked side by side, pulling leaves off of bushes and tossing them aside.
“Clarke, of course.”
Bellamy smiled, he noticed the fact that every time Madi spoke of Clarke a broad smile would cross her face, showing him her pearly white teeth. It reminded him of how Octavia used to look at him, how he’d brought her up and became a sort of father-figure to her. Bellamy averted his eyes to the floor.
“How did she find you?” He asked out of curiosity. Madi’s smile faded into something sad and familiar–the look of loss.
“Praimfaya washed over my village, it took everyone but me.” Madi explained, eyes trained on the floor beneath. “I knew why, mum had always told me I was special–that my blood was special–but I didn’t understand what she meant until then.”
Bellamy reached out, giving her shoulder a squeeze, something he’d done multiple times when Clarke had been upset or had lost faith. Madi noticed the gesture and shook it off, Bellamy knew she didn’t mean it as a bad thing, just that she was ready for physical contact with the others just yet. Madi cleared her throat, the smile reappearing on her face.
“Anyway, Clarke came by the village searching for things that survived and she stumbled upon me.”
“Thank you…” Bellamy said, his words making the child look at him with an expression full of confusion. So he continued, “For telling me what happened…and for keeping Clarke company, for being there for her.”
“I’d do anything for Clarke.” Madi smiled meeting Bellamy’s eyes and he let out a light chuckle.
“Yeah, me too.”
Madi picked up speed again, her feet moving quicker but this time Bellamy was right on her tail, not worrying that he’d lose her amongst the trees. Besides, she seemed to know where to go, twisting and winding around trees letting Bellamy reconnect with the earth, breathing in the fresh scents that the woods had to offer.
“So why don’t you tell me how you and Clarke met? That always seemed to be one thing she’d never talk about even when I asked.” Madi perked up, looking over her shoulder at the curly haired boy. Bellamy let out another laugh.
“That’s because the queen and the knight never got along at first,” Madi raised her eyebrows in surprise. “Clarke hated me, granted she had good reason too.”
“What did you do?” Madi asked, intrigued by Bellamy now.
“I tried to make sure there were no connections to the Ark, many people died because of it.” Bellamy dropped his head in shame. “I’ve done a lot of bad things that I regret Madi, but shooting the Chancellor to get down on Earth to protect my little sister, is something I’ll never regret.”
This was the first time she’d heard Bellamy talk about Octavia since Clarke told him she couldn’t remove the rumble to let them out, but she could see how much he cared for his younger sister.
“I bet she misses you.” Madi said after a long silence, the beach was coming in view now, Echo, Murphy, Emori, Raven and Clarke were all propped around a fire they’d made. Bellamy gathered Monty was off somewhere with Harper.
“I miss her too.” Bellamy gave Madi a sad smile and this time she took the step of giving his arm a squeeze, Bellamy’s smile grew a little wider at the fact the girl was already bonding with him.
“We’ll figure something out, we always do, as Clarke would say.”
“Bellamy, Madi! I was wondering what was keeping you,” Clarke beamed as she ran happily over to them, eyes bright as always. “I was about to come find you, did you have fun?”
Clarke’s attention had now turned to Madi who bobbed her head, “Yeah actually, I did.” Madi’s words put Clarke in an even better mood, Bellamy hadn’t seen her this happy in years. Clarke threw her arms over their shoulders, walking towards the camp fire.
“Good, that’s great!” Clarke exclaimed, popping a berry in her mouth then hovering one before Madi’s lips and another before Bellamy’s. “They’re great, trust me.” Bellamy hoped she was right and this time they wouldn’t send them into their own nightmare land like the previous ones had, he popped it in his mouth as did Madi and their eyes widened at the flavour. “Told you.”